Chartreux cat resting on a black sheet.

Chartreux Cat Breed

A chunky but agile breed with a “smiley” expression, the Chartreux is loyal and makes a great companion.

Just how far back the history of this very old French breed goes is open to debate. The Chartreux was first named in the mid-18th century and some legends link it to the Carthusian monks, makers of the renowned Chartreuse liqueur, although there is no proof that they ever kept woolly coated blue cats like this one.

With its calm, undemanding personality and soft voice, this breed is an unobtrusive yet affectionate house cat. It enjoys quiet play and occasionally explodes in a burst of extra energy when in a hunting mode.

Plush Fur

The Russian Blue’s coat, with its rich pile and silvery sheen, is a distinguishing feature of the breed. As the name suggests, blue is the only accepted coat color for this handsome cat.

Origin: France, pre-18th century

Breed registries: CFA, FIFe, TICA

Weight range: 7–17 lb (3–7.5 kg)

Grooming: 2–3 times a week

Colors and patterns: Blue-gray only.